At Spanish for fun! we utilize a combination of Spanish immersion curriculum, international curriculum and the early education creative curriculum of North Carolina. This has been developed around a play-based philosophy as well as paying close attention to each child’s social emotional state by exposing them to all 5 love languages (based off of the research done by Dr. Gary Chapman). A play based philosophy means we believe that children naturally engage in and enjoy play as a way of learning on their own terms and at their own pace.
Our mission is to empower our students through…
Gabriela Lowry CEO/Founder
Gaby has dedicated her life to early education. In her native country of Peru, she grew up in a bilingual environment. She realized from a young age how language allows people to break down barriers. While still in Peru, she earned her master’s degree in early childhood education and gained experience running a daycare program. Once she was married and moved to the United States, she further realized the need for a Spanish immersion program for early learners. In 2000, she opened the original location for Spanish for fun! She continues to be intimately involved in creating curriculum, setting up processes, working with the teachers, and ensuring Spanish for fun! students receive a quality educational experience.
Gaby is a recent graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business program and the ICIC Small Business School.
Meet Our Team
Rob Lowry CEO/Founder
Rob has always had an entrepreneur’s spirit. For over 20 years, he has created, built, and run businesses. Whether it was in the auto industry, the real estate or the mortgage industry, he has learned the ins and outs of business the old- fashioned way, by getting down to work. At Spanish for fun!, Rob has worn almost every hat possible: from initial concept, to creating the strategy, defining the vision, creating the marketing, working with financing, and even building and painting the schools by hand. Through his foresight, tenacity and business acumen, he has helped grow SFF! from a single program to a growing enterprise, serving hundreds of families.
Karina Martinez Regional Director
Karina Martinez has a Bachelor Degree in System and Computer Engineering, graduated of Armed Forces Polytechnic in Ecuador, her native county. She has obtained the Administration Certification in Early Childhood and is soon to finish the highest level of Administrator, Level III. Coming from a family of educators it’s not surprising that Karina has always had a passion for childhood education. Starting her journey at Sff! as an assistant teacher she has truly enjoyed the growth opportunities that have brought her to her current position. Karina enjoys spending time with her family; her husband and her daughter who is a Sff! Graduate.
Elizabeth Penalva Program Coordinator
Elizabeth is originally from the beautiful country of Peru. She has been here for 4 years with her husband and daughter. Elizabeth has over 14 years of experience as a licensed pre-k and kindergarten teacher along with post graduate studies in speech and language therapy, theory of multiple intelligences, early childhood education, behavior management, attention to children ages 0-3 years old and other branches of education. As a Sff! Program coordinator she enjoys planning, directing and coordinating both the academic activities and the school curriculum. Elizabeth truly loves what she does and believes working with children is one of the most beautiful professions.
Passionate, Professional and Nurturing.
As teachers we provide a safe and nurturing environment and guide your children with developmentally appropriate activities and create opportunities for them to explore and learn through play. It is our goal to provide a supportive atmosphere that will encourage every child to develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. We cultivate excellent relationships with parents through involvement and communication. Our curriculum is taught entirely in Spanish, so your child will learn Spanish in a fun natural way. Children exposed to the entire Spanish culture are inspired to explore a world beyond their own.
Want to join our team?
If you are an educator who believes in inspiring, learning through your passion, professionalism, and ability to nurture inventive thinking, Sff! is a place for you.
Call 919.881.1160 or fill out the form and we will contact you!
Want to know if Sff! is the right fit for your family? We understand that choosing the right childcare program for your family can feel overwhelming. We encourage you to take a tour of your desired location so that you can check out the facilities, meet the staff and learn more about our unique curriculum. We are looking forward to meeting you!